For the price, Samsung Genio Slide users get a very attractive set of features. Among these is A-GPS satellite positioning technology built in.

Google Maps v3.0.2 is pre-loaded as part of a suite of Google services which include Google Search and Google Mail applications.

Google Maps provides the usual mapping information, over the air route planning and navigation, plus search options for local information on businesses and services.

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The software works effectively with the touchscreen interface and is intuitive to operate, while the A-GPS works smartly enough at locating positions.

It's an extremely useful app to have to hand, and you can get Street View and opt into Google Latitude from the handset.

In addition, if you get a Vodafone-branded Genio Slide, it comes with Telmap application pre-loaded that enables you to get online Sat Nav capability on the handset. Unfortunately our review sample wasn't recognised so we couldn't trial it.

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In addition to the BBC iPlayer software mentioned previously, the Genio Slide's array of native social networking services mention earlier give this device plenty of appeal for its target audience looking for a touchscreen experience on a budget.

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Other features include a raft of control options familiar to mid-tier Samsung handsets, including etiquette pause (you turn over the phone and the current sound of an incoming call alert or alarm is muted) and its quirky Fake Call feature (at the press of a button you can initiate a fake incoming call with a recorded message).

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Samsung's Smart Unlock system, which uses pre-defined character strokes onscreen to unlock the display or launch specific features, is included too, while a batch of games – mostly trial versions – are pre-loaded.